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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why isn’t ISPCA a “non-profit organization”?

 

There are those who feel it is somehow improper for nonprofit, tax exempt organizations to lobby.

The Federal tax code says tax-exempt organizations are only in danger of losing their tax-exempt  status – and along with it the ability to assure supporters their contributions are tax deductible – if they engage in “substantial” lobbying. Because lobbying is 85% ISPCA’S activities they cannot apply for non-profit status.

 

The  amount of an organization's budget that can be used for lobbying is limited.

 

- ISPCA  will spend more than 50% of its budget in lobby matters.

Section 501(c)(3) organizations cannot participate in candidate races in any way. They cannot endorse or oppose candidates or contribute to a campaign; nor can workers for a Section 501(c)(3) be associated in an official capacity with a candidate. (Individuals may volunteer on their own time to help individual candidates.)

ISPCA has to endorse  its candidates. ISPCA  could have a tremendous impact on the positions taken by its elected officials.  

Knowing exactly how much you can lobby and understanding the rules surrounding these rules requires a certain amount of expertise. Your organization should have a lawyer to advise you on how to abide by existing rules.
 

Does ISPCA have any relation with any “non-profit” organization?

 

ISPCA does not have any relation with any  “non-profit organization”. In 2010,  the ISPCA is planning to open another  organization with  mission “to educate our society about animal rights”. This organization will apply for be a “non-profit’, according to IRS laws.

 

What does ISPCA do?

Lobby.  The organization focus on state laws. Legislation is the master key in Animal Rights.

 

 

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